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Please consider leaving comments if you routinely downvote the same person or people!

Please leaving comments if you routinely downvote the same person or people! Assume the person wants to learn if they keep asking questions Assume the person can learn if they are not banned due to ...
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So I figured out what makes a good question: what is likely to generate good answers. What is a good answer?

So I figured out what makes a good question: what is likely to generate good answers. What is a good answer? I'm sure this has come up before, but, what, basically, is a good answer, beyond one that ...
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Is learning an issue here?

I found this, which doesn't apply to learning philosophy imo "Stack Exchange is about questions with objective, factual answers" It's objective and (sometimes) factual to quote people. It's just not ...
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How can I fit this question about class into the site remit?

Is there anything analogous to the withdrawal of labour in a mass strike, on the internet? Obviously, Marxists talk about the internet. And e,g. this paper I haven't read (I lack library access) on ...
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Questions that are not authentic questions

Sometimes, not only on philosophy stackexchange but also on other sites on the SE network, we usually have ideas that are not exactly questions to be answered, but rather topics to discuss with other ...
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Questions when one has done a LOT of reading and thinking already

I am looking for posting advice. Phil SE encourages quesitioners to do a lot of reading beforehand, and post the reading they have done, when asking or assistance in answering a question. Now, I ...
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Should people be down-voting questions that incorporate an assumption they disagree with on philosophy SE

I'm guessing that's why this question was down-voted. The down-voter disagreed with the opinion expressed in it. Acute or chronic suffering and pain: does anyone talk about their difference? But, in ...
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Can we ask questions oriented about philosophy in academies and books?

Can I ask questions about academic/books issues regarding philosophy? What I mean is can I ask a question not primarily about philosophy but about how philosophy is done in an academic setting ...
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Can we please have a “Why do things matter?”/“What is the meaning of life?” question?

So, I ask myself the question: "What is the meaning of life?" Since I've been on SE for a few days, even before joining the philosophy branch I'm fully aware that this is a bad subjective question. ...
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Do we have a list of users who have taught adults philosophy? [duplicate]

I was pleased to read in reply to one question (about ethics) an answer from someone who had taught both community college and in higher education. I'm asking because the site makes no sense to me, ...
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Why aren't you “pointing out flawed arguments and schemas”?

Wanna-be-philosophers really hate when you point their flawed arguments and schemas. This was the somewhat salty comment to my answer (I know) on meta about how we need more references in answers. ...
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What are the rules of this site on definitions?

What are the rules of the site on definitions? I asked a question on how four terms are different, and it was swiftly closed, despite having enough context to make sense. There's probably hundreds ...
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Is it OK to ask questions just because it may make for a good answer?

Would you trust philosophy.stackexchange to unequivocate something you just read? It seems like these are the better questions. But maybe we're aiming too high. Is it OK to ask questions just ...
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What sort of clarity are we being asked for here?

Could a Marxist claim that interpreting the world is all that a Marxist vanguard can do (but that the working class can still change it)? It was claimed that this question was "unclear", an idea that ...
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Could we have a silly season - again?

Last Summer, the idea was floated around that we have a silly season, were people could ask fun or humorous questions? Can we try that this year?
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Can I stop someone answering my questions?

Can I stop a specific person answering my questions?
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Are too many questions being closed because of how they are phrased?

Are too many questions being closed because of how they are phrased? I don't mean questions that are un-understandable, what are they even asking, but one's which people think are a bad fit for the ...
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General Philosophy StackExchange Questions

I study computer science and intend to work in that, so I'm more frequently on anything closely related to StackOverflow, which might be more core to StackExchange than this particular area of the ...
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(REOPENED) How to not confuse people about what I'm asking [with Adorno/culture q]?

On this question, I ask a specific question how is Adorno suggesting we respond to culture, to regain out particularity? But the question was closed. The moderator first claimed to not ...
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Can a question be too broad even if it asks a specific not broad question?

Can a question be too broad even if it asks a specific not broad question? e.g. If Christian ethics are poison to Nietzsche's higher types -- what about conventional aesthetics? seems not to be ...
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Titles that ask “X on Y”?

Titles that ask "X on Y", are they permitted? Two recent examples: Nietzsche on the idea of Alienation and Quine on higher set theory
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Counterfactuals on philosophy.stackexchange?

One of the mods said something I found curious Migrated to History, but now that I think about it maybe counter-factual really isn't appropriate anywhere on SE -- outside possibly worldbuilding?...
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How clear do we have to be about the use of a term to ask a question that contains it?

According to Confucius, can non-virtue be learned ... This is an interesting idea, but it seems like we first need to (a) know whether virtue can be learned, (b) know what Confucians would ...
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How to get away from “what have you found out so far” comments but also not confusing people as to what the question is?

How to get away from "what have you found out so far" comments but also not confusing people as to what the question is? This question seems to be a good example of what I mean. I ask my question in ...
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Is there anything up with users asking a lot of questions?

Is there anything up with users asking a lot of questions? What about questions that go unanswered? Is this bad stackiquette?
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Can I ask multiple questions in one go?

Say I've read a philosophical book and I formulate some questions about this book about the reasoning the philosopher uses. Specific questions like: The philosopher puts forth these arguments ..., ...
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After getting an idea across, can an ethical syllogism be capable of an infinite amount of answers?

I am asking this for an answer providing deductive statements about some specific school of ethics: Kantian categorical imperative, Peter Singer's preference utilitarianism, etc. If asking for a brief ...
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Should we have a Silly Season?

Summer is a slow season for us. School is out; people are taking vacations, or doing retreats or sabbaticals... I also think our audience may skew a little younger over summer. We catch a lot of ...
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Asking a series of questions to create an online resource

I am beginning to read 'Being and Nothingness' by Sartre and I am relatively new to philosophy and the text is obviously difficult. I was wondering if it is permitted on this site for me to ask ...
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How do we deal with questions that cram in too much?

I've seen questions once in a while that cram in too much, rather than asking a specific question orientated to a text. How do we suggest that they try to edit it down and cut out 'buzzwords', and ...
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Canonical Question Requests?

Let's start thinking about ideas for canonical Q&As! The community gets some questions over and over again. This is a signal that we aren't answering the question as effectively as possible, ...
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Philosophical questions vs. questions about philosophical views

This seems pretty open-and-shut for some of the other SE sites, but I'm not quite familiar with how Philosophy.SE works yet so forgive me if this is a poor question or has been discussed previously (I ...
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Can someone define questions that are “not useful”?

Can someone define a bad question especially a question that is "not useful"?
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Are questions of this sort considered acceptable?

For instance, say I wanted to ask a question about problems associated with the usage of Mathematics in studies of human behaviour (Economics, Psychology etc..) Would this sort of question be ...
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Philosophy Question Challenge: Aesthetics

This challenge is over as of 8/29/14. But you can still read about it below if you want! Let's kick off another question challenge! Background Just in terms of proportion of questions, this is ...
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Regarding blocking a user from asking anymore questions

If amateurs and novices of any given subject can use these sites and they are not rude or abusive then why should one be blocked from asking questions. If their questions or responses are poorly ...
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Why does it seem like there are many restrictions regarding asking questions?

It feels like the only acceptable questions I can write are those that fit to a narrow ideal outlined by the website administrators. Why does it seem like there are many restrictions regarding asking ...
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Improving the question about the value of organic versus mechanical life

I recently felt getting too much attention from one of moderators, so I complained about it to SE team. Response I got: Hi, I took a careful look at the 5 closed questions you highlighted. ...
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classifying questions by score

Has anyone classified the range of questions as a function of user score? Is it possible to find themes according to score bins and thus define some hierarchy of philosophical reasoning (from low ...
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Let's wake up chat and meta!

We're at an interesting point in terms of our site growth and community development. I just thought I'd talk a little bit about where we are and why we should try to start making an extra effort to be ...
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New to Philosophy and learning how to ask good questions

I've asked a few questions recently and am posting the ones with no upvotes and some query in the comments under them about whether they are on topic. I know it's not usual to post and dissect ...
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Are questions of the following form appropriate?

Consider a question of the following form. I have an idea about XXX... ---Description of Idea--- Can you spot anything incoherent, illogical, or especially problematic about this idea? ...
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Canonical Questions and Answers

This is something that we have done on as ad hoc basis up until now, but I think we might need to take a step back and look at the problem again together. A quick recap. In certain instances, ...
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How to proceed with splitting question?

Oh my, I hope I'm not wasting anybody's time here. I posted this question quite some time ago, it didn't get any answers and by now I am ready to answer them myself (which I would gladly do). By now ...
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Can I ask question about Philosophy of Love/flirt here?

it sounds like a interesting topic and I got few questions in my mind that I would like to ask and increase my knowledge and understanding of flirt & just wonder if I can ask related question here ...
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Can I ask question about work politics and problems [closed]

I am having some problems at work regarding habits, short temper and patterns which is effecting my work progress and want to discuss/find out a way to get out of this mental state and wonder if I can ...
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Philosophy Topic of the Week: Plato!

NOTE: The weekly challenges are suspended until further notice (probably at least until the new year.) You can see the rules and outstanding list of thinkers below. Please feel free to continue to ...
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Should I provide a background for a question about metaphysics and software development?

I have a question about the relationship between metaphysics and a software development activity called "domain modeling". The metaphysics part of the question is very basic and must be quite simple ...
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It's Plato week! [closed]

Plato week has ended, but you can still see the details below if you're interested. A couple weeks ago, we kicked off a series called "Philosopher Week" in order to build up the content we have about ...
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Should we have a “super-question” contest to entice users to ask more great questions?

It was recently suggested in chat that we take some kind of action to incentivize asking interesting and on-topic questions in order to drive participation and question quality. It could counter-...